William Ransom & Son plc

Non-executive directors to be appointed at William Ransom & Son plc

    London (ots) - William Ransom, the natural healthcare company,
today strengthens its brand development and corporate finance
expertise by the appointment of two highly-experienced non-executive
directors.
    
    Jacqueline Paterson, Head of Beauty and Lingerie at Marks &
Spencer, and William Nabarro, a senior corporate financier, join the
Board with effect from today.
    
    William John Nunes Nabarro, aged 48, has recently retired as Vice
Chairman of KPMG Corporate Finance. Before joining KPMG, he was a
director of Hambros Bank, becoming Head of Corporate Finance in 1997.
He is a non-executive director of ICAP plc and a member of Council of
the University of Leeds.
    
    Jacqueline Sylvia Paterson, aged 42, is Business Unit Director
Lingerie and Beauty and a member of the Group Operating Committee of
Marks & Spencer, having joined the company in 1999. Prior to joining
M&S she spent 9 years at Boots, where among other senior roles, she
was Head of Toiletries at Boots the Chemist.
    
    Tim Dye, Chairman and Chief Executive commented, "I am delighted
to welcome Jack and William to the Board. Their combined expertise
will be invaluable as we build our natural healthcare business
through the acquisition and growth of consumer healthcare brands."
    
    Ransom's objective is to establish itself as the UK's leading
natural consumer healthcare company. The company believes that it is
in a strong position to continue to acquire and grow healthcare
brands that no longer fit within enlarged multi-national
pharmaceutical businesses. Sales for the year to 31 March 2003 grew
by 38% to GBP 14.725m, returning the company to a profit before
goodwill amortisation of GBP 0.563m. Interim results for the 6 months
to 30 September 2003 are expected in mid-November.
    
    Listed below are the names of companies with which Mr Nabarro has
been a director, or partner of a partnership, at any time in the past
five years.
    
    Current:
    ICAP plc
    
    Past:
    Hambros Northern Limited
    KPMG CF Holdings LLC
    KPMG
    SG Hambros Bank & Trust Limited
    The Voice of Yorkshire (Administration) Limited
    The Voice of Yorkshire (Holdings) Limited
    The Voice of Yorkshire Limited
    
    Mr Nabarro has not been declared bankrupt or has been the subject
of any public criticism by a statutory or regulatory authority and
there have been no receiverships or liquidations of companies or
partnerships of which Mr Nabarro was a director or partner at the
time, or within twelve months preceding, such receiverships or
liquidations.
    
    Listed below are the names of companies with which Ms Paterson has
been a director, or partner of a partnership, at any time in the past
five years.
    
    Past:
    
    The Crime Concern Marks & Spencer Groundwork Partnership
    
    Ms Paterson has not been declared bankrupt or has been the subject
of any public criticism by a statutory or regulatory authority and
there have been no receiverships or liquidations of companies or
partnerships of which Ms Paterson was a director or partner at the
time, or within twelve months preceding, such receiverships or
liquidations.
    
    This information is provided by RNS
    The company news service from the London Stock Exchange
    
ots Originaltext: Ransom (Wm) & Son
Internet: www.newsaktuell.ch

Contact:
Timothy Dye
Chief Executive
William Ransom & Son plc
Phone: +44/1462-437615
          +44/7767-780532

Robert Howard
Finance Director
William Ransom & Son plc      
Phone: +44/1462-437615

Ronel Lehmann
Lehmann Communications plc                                
Phone: +44/207/266-3020



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